PSE Announces Transmission Line Route

CENSE proposes better solutions On Tuesday, PSE decided which route the Energize Eastside transmission line will take if the company’s construction permits are approved.  As expected, PSE chose the same route as the current lines, next to Olympic pipelines that carry 13 million gallons of high-pressure jet fuel and [...]

August 9th, 2017|

Big meeting calls for Carbon Free PSE

Last night, hundreds of concerned citizens, environmental organizations, faith groups, and “raging grannies” attended a “rate case hearing” held by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission at Bellevue City Hall. At issue was a request by Puget Sound Energy to raise our electricity rates by about two bucks [...]

August 2nd, 2017|

Rally to Save our Trees

June 12, 2017. Members of the Duwamish, Snohomish and Saanich tribes joined Bellevue residents to protest Puget Sound Energy's proposed construction of a transmission line that will result in the removal of 300 trees from 148th Avenue. The rally was held in front of PSE headquarters on 4th Street [...]

June 12th, 2017|

Our Last Chance to Save 300 Trees

Please sign our petition to save 300 trees from an unnecessary PSE project. A decision by the Washington State Supreme court yesterday clears the way for PSE to remove 300 trees and install a new 115,000-volt transmission line on 148th Ave. Reliability records published by PSE show that [...]

June 2nd, 2017|

CENSE’s “Top 10 List” of Problems with the EIS

Click to see CENSE President Don Marsh present the EIS top 10 problems. 1. No project specificsNo route chosenNo pole locations or final pole designsNo list of trees to be removedCan we accurately evaluate the environmental impact when there is no specific proposal?2. No data supporting needRecent data [...]

May 19th, 2017|

Important CENSE Workshop THIS Saturday, May 20th

Last week CENSE wrote to let you know that the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for PSE's "Energize Eastside" had been released. CENSE has been hard at work in reviewing this formidable document (nearly 900 pages). We are holding a workshop this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 [...]

May 17th, 2017|

Coffee & conversation with CENSE

We wanted to let you know about two upcoming CENSE events. Come have coffee/tea and cookies and learn the real facts about PSE's power line project branded as "Energize Eastside". You'll also learn how CENSE is advocating for our communities and for a smarter, more reliable electric grid [...]

April 28th, 2017|

Bellevue Council Looks for the Exit

The Bellevue City Council is considering a proposal to eliminate the ability of citizens to appeal to the city council if they disagree with a hearing examiner's findings in a land use case. Residents would lose the ability to raise questions about the examiner’s findings with their elected [...]

April 24th, 2017|

Protest Cutting of 300 Trees for Transmission Line

PROTEST on Tuesday night! Please join us to protest the destruction of 300 trees to build a transmission line on one of Bellevue’s most beautiful urban boulevards at Bellevue City Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 pm. The council is poised to deny funding for an appeal of an adverse [...]

February 15th, 2017|

Energize Eastside is not “safe”

PSE just released a report by a consultant (paid for by PSE) that examines a narrow set of safety concerns about building 230,000-volt transmission lines very close to the aging Olympic Pipeline. This is the pipeline that transports 13 million gallons of high-pressure jet fuel and gasoline through our communities [...]

December 14th, 2016|

PSE found at fault for Greenwood explosion

Can we trust them near 18 miles of jet fuel pipelines? PSE was found to be at fault for the explosion in the Greenwood neighborhood last spring. The Utilities and Transportation Commission determined that PSE's lack of professional oversight of the gas line led to the explosion. Yet PSE has [...]

September 20th, 2016|

Success Story: Community in Maine Successfully Proposes Alternative to Transmission Line

Here is a story that is remarkably similar to what our community is facing with PSE’s “Energize Eastside” project.  Maine's power utility claimed that Boothbay Harbor needed a new transmission line to meet a their forecasted peak power demands.  An alternative solution was proposed, using modern solutions such as solar, [...]

September 16th, 2016|

New twists and turns for PSE’s transmission lines

Since late 2013, Somerset has led the challenge to PSE’s so-called “Energize Eastside” project. We were the first neighborhood to question the need, safety, and environmental cost of replacing 18 miles of existing 115,000-volt transmission lines with massive poles and wires carrying 230,000 volts. As described in the last issue [...]

September 1st, 2016|

CENSE Background Articles

There are dozens of great articles about rapid changes occurring in the electricity industry and how consumers will get their power in coming decades. CENSE members chose the articles below as our top five to get you up to speed on this topic. Click on the links to read them yourself. We hope [...]

June 30th, 2015|

CENSE saves 300 trees

Three hundred trees that line East Bellevue's 148th Avenue and NE 8th Street breathed a sigh of relief close to midnight on June 24, when the East Bellevue Community Council rejected PSE's proposal to build a new high-voltage power line along two beautiful urban boulevards. To be clear, this is a different [...]

June 30th, 2015|

Why no EIS?

CENSE is now more than a year old. For most of that time, CENSE has been opposing PSE’s “Energize Eastside” mega-project. But there is a smaller project that PSE will begin building this year through the Lake Hills and Phantom Lake neighborhoods. PSE proposes to remove 295 trees from several beautiful [...]

April 1st, 2015|

What happened to the trees?

A letter to the editor Bellevue Reporter, March 19 According to a recent article in the Bellevue Reporter, PSE will pay the City of Bellevue almost a million dollars to compensate for the loss of 295 trees along 148th Ave SE and NE 8th Street. Tall power poles will intrude [...]

March 29th, 2015|

PSE’s Community Advisory Group

CAG Final Report PSE’s “Community Advisory Group” (CAG) held their final meeting in December, 2014. In a meeting attended by nearly 400 residents, the CAG decided to recommend two possible routes for the overhead transmission lines. Both routes follow the existing transmission corridor, but the slightly preferred route takes a short [...]

February 14th, 2015|


After a year of research, what has CENSE learned about Energize Eastside? This video presents our latest information, and what you can do to ensure a better outcome for your community.

August 9th, 2014|

Bellevue listens!

If you have any doubts that the lobbying and public education efforts of CENSE are having an impact on this debate, please watch at least a few minutes of this video clip from the July 7 meeting of the Bellevue City Council. CENSE has been relentless insisting that an independent [...]

July 17th, 2014|